CSS3 Lightbox

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CSS3 Lightbox is a high-performance lightbox without jQuery or Javascript and works with the latest css3 technology

Author:Rene Hermenau, Steffen Arnold (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:3.1+
WordPress version tested:4.1.8
Plugin version:1.1.2
Added to WordPress repository:07-05-2014
Last updated:14-10-2015
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
Rating, %:72
Rated by:17
Plugin URI:http://www.digitalsday.com
Total downloads:41 341
Active installs:1 000+
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CSS3 Lightbox is a high-performance lightbox which is working completely independant from jQuery and Javascript. This lightbox is incredible fast because it makes use only of browser native CSS3 functions. Especially mobile devices are working faster and more reliable than with other lightbox plugins which depend on Javascript libraries.

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This lightbox plugin is in not longer in active development and will not be be updated


  • High Performance Lightbox, especially on mobile devices
  • No jQuery/JavaScript is used
  • Lightbox works with any embedded image
  • Lightbox with very low memory footprint
  • Lightbox uses browser native CSS3 functions
  • Faster than any other JS Lightbox plugin which depends on JavaScript

How does it work?

The plugin parses all your images in your blog posts and creates some specific classes for this images which are called from a smart and complex css file. This css entries are able to open your images in a very nice looking lightbox.

How to install and setup?

Install it via the admin dashboard and to 'Plugins', click 'Add New' and search the plugins for 'Lightbox CSS2'. Install the plugin with 'Install Now'.